JP4208670B2 - Image processing method, information processing apparatus, and program - Google Patents

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JP4208670B2
JP4208670B2 JP2003300392A JP2003300392A JP4208670B2 JP 4208670 B2 JP4208670 B2 JP 4208670B2 JP 2003300392 A JP2003300392 A JP 2003300392A JP 2003300392 A JP2003300392 A JP 2003300392A JP 4208670 B2 JP4208670 B2 JP 4208670B2
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The present invention relates to a technique for displaying a print preview of print data before actually printing out the print data, for example.

  Conventionally, for example, in an information processing apparatus such as a personal computer, when print data such as a document or an image edited by an application for document editing or image editing is printed on paper on a printing apparatus, the print output is executed. Before the command is transmitted to the printing apparatus, a print preview for displaying the print result in advance by analyzing print data or the like is performed.

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  However, in the conventional print preview, when image data is arranged outside the printable area, the printed image is forcibly reduced so that the printed image is not missing or the printed result is not missing. Then, there was a problem that the layout was unexpected.

  In an application, for example, it is impossible to edit print data based on a sheet having the same size as a CD-R medium that is an example of a recording medium. The print data is edited based on the paper selected by the application. For this reason, in the print preview displayed when printing out on the CD-R media, the content that will be output on the paper selected by the application is displayed.

  Also, when actually printing out on a CD-R medium with a printing apparatus, the CD-R medium is not set on the printing apparatus as it is, but after setting the CD-R medium on a dedicated tray or the like, The tray needs to be set in the printing apparatus.

  By the way, when printing out to CD-R media, what is actually printed out is not on paper selected by the application, but on CD-R media (exactly, a dedicated tray set in the printing apparatus). is there. However, in the conventional printing system including the print preview display method as described above, before print output on the CD-R media, the content that will be output on the paper selected by the application by the print preview. However, the content that would be output on the CD-R media set in the dedicated tray could not be confirmed accurately. For this reason, when printing is output as it is, there is a possibility that the CD-R media protrudes and is output, and the dedicated tray is soiled.

  Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to print out of the recording medium in order to prevent the dedicated tray from being soiled due to printing out of the recording medium when printing directly on the recording medium, for example. Whether the image of the part can be identified, and the boundary line of the label area, which is the part that should be printed on the printing surface of the recording medium, can be displayed, so that the user can perform the desired printing The purpose is to provide a function for confirming.

The image processing method of the present invention is an image processing method used for confirming appearance when an image is formed on a recording medium based on an application, the image forming procedure for forming an image based on the application, and the image formation A display control procedure for controlling the process of displaying the portion formed on the inner side with respect to the outer periphery of the recording medium of the image formed in the procedure and the portion corresponding to the outer side with respect to the outer periphery of the recording medium; Further, in the display control procedure, a process of displaying the boundary of the label area, which is an area suitable for printing within the outer periphery of the recording medium, is identifiable.
An information processing apparatus according to the present invention is an information processing apparatus used for confirming appearance when an image is formed on a recording medium based on an application, an image forming unit that forms an image based on the application, and the image formation Display control means for controlling processing for distinguishably displaying a portion corresponding to the inner side with respect to the outer periphery of the recording medium and a portion corresponding to the outer side with respect to the outer periphery of the recording medium of the image formed by the means; And the display control means controls a process for displaying the boundary of the label area, which is an area suitable for printing within the outer periphery of the recording medium, in an identifiable manner.

  According to the present invention, for example, when printing directly on a recording medium, the portion that is printed out of the recording medium in order to prevent the dedicated tray from being stained due to printing out of the recording medium. The image can be displayed so that it can be identified, and the boundary line of the label area, which is the portion that is desired to be printed, is displayed on the printing surface of the recording medium, so that the user can perform desired printing. It is possible to provide a function for confirming whether or not.

Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.
[First embodiment]
First, the configuration of the printing system according to the present embodiment will be schematically described. FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a schematic configuration of a printing system according to the present embodiment.
The printing system 100 according to the present embodiment prints out print data such as a document or an image created by an application that can be activated by a personal computer or the like, which is a preferred example of the image processing apparatus according to the present invention, onto a sheet by the printing apparatus 102. Before printing, the print preview is displayed on the display device 104. In general, the image processing apparatus is not limited to the personal computer described above, but may be a workstation or the like, and further includes a copying machine or a printer (not shown) having a display unit capable of previewing. Further, when printing out on CD-R media, not only the content that will be output on the paper selected by the application is displayed, but also on the CD-R media, that is, on the CD-R media. It is configured to display so that a difference between a portion corresponding to the inner side and a portion output from the CD-R media, that is, a portion corresponding to the outer side of the CD-R media, can be visually determined. This makes it possible to provide a print preview function that is easier to use.

Next, the configuration and operation of the printing system 100 according to the present embodiment will be specifically described.
<Overall Configuration of Printing System 100>
As shown in FIG. 1, the printing system 100 is connected to a host computer 101 by a printing device 102, a hard disk device 103, a display device 104, a data input device 105, a media reading device 106, and a communication control device 107. The configuration is made.

  The host computer 101 executes a predetermined system program to control and monitor the operation of the entire printing system 100. Specifically, for example, the host computer 101 has computer functions including a CPU (Central Processing Unit), a RAM (Random Access Memory), a ROM (Read Only Memory), and the like arranged on a system board as described later. The CPU controls the operation of the entire printing system 100 by appropriately reading and executing a required processing program from the internal memory or the external hard disk 103 or the like.

  Here, as an example, the storage destination of various programs executed by the host computer 101 is the hard disk 103, and in this hard disk 103, a processing program for realizing the operation in the present embodiment and various types for generating print data are stored. Applications and so on are stored.

  Note that the storage destination of the processing program (program code) for realizing the operation in the present embodiment is not limited to the hard disk 103 or the built-in memory. For example, the storage destination is a portable recording medium such as a CD-ROM or a flexible disk. On the other hand, the processing program is recorded and distributed in a form readable by the host computer 101, and when the printing system 100 is constructed, the host computer 101 performs the processing via the media reading device 106 or the communication control device 107. The program may be read and installed on the hard disk 103.

  In the present embodiment, for example, “Windows (R)” is used as the OS (operating system) of the host computer 101. However, the present invention is not limited to this.

  When the printing apparatus 102 receives information such as print conditions together with print data from the host computer 101, the print apparatus 102 prints out the print data on a print sheet (image formation) by executing a predetermined print process. As the printing apparatus 102, for example, various printers such as a serial printer, a page printer, and other electronic copying printers can be applied. Also, various connection forms such as a stand-alone connection or a network connection can be applied to the connection form between the printing apparatus 102 and the host computer 101.

  The display device 104 displays a predetermined dialog window in response to an instruction from the host computer 101 by executing a system program, an application, or the like. In particular, the display device 104 displays a print preview that is a feature of the present embodiment, which will be described in detail later, in accordance with an instruction from the host computer 101.

  The data input device 105 includes a keyboard, a mouse, and other pointing devices, and receives various instructions from the user and transmits them to the host computer 101. For example, the data input device 105 notifies the host computer 101 of printing conditions for the printing device 102 and print preview display conditions (hereinafter referred to as “preview display conditions”) input by the user.

  The media reading device 106 is a device including a CD-ROM drive and a flexible disk (FD) drive, and supplies information read from a recording medium such as a CD-ROM or FD to the host computer 101. The communication control device 107 is, for example, a connection interface for connecting the printing system 100 and an external network so that they can communicate with each other.

<Functional Configuration of Printing System 100>
FIG. 2 is a functional configuration diagram focusing on the print control function among the functions of the print system 100 realized by the host computer 101 executing a predetermined processing program.
As shown in FIG. 2, the print control function by the host computer 101 includes an application 201, a GDI (Graphics Device Interface) 202, a user interface driver 203, a spool file 204, a print processor 205, a printer graphics driver 206, a previewer 208, And a preview file 209.

First, main functions included in the print control function by the host computer 101 will be described.
The user interface driver 203 has a function of setting printing conditions for the printing apparatus (printer) 102 via the GDI 202. Specifically, for example, the user interface driver 203 has a function of setting a paper size and media used for printing, and other printing conditions, and whether to display a print preview on the display device 104 before executing printing. It has a function to set whether or not. Here, it is assumed that the user interface driver 203 is configured to display a print preview on the display device 104 before executing printing.

  The print processor 205 has a function of processing the print data stored in the spool file 204 in units of one page and a function of starting the previewer 208. The printer graphics driver 206 has a function of converting print data into bitmap data that can be printed out by the printing apparatus (printer) 102. The previewer 208 has a function of displaying the print preview data (preview image data) 211 stored in the preview file 209 on the display device 104. The preview file 209 is a file temporarily created when a print preview is displayed on the display device 104, and includes print preview data (preview image data), print condition information, preview display condition information, and the like.

Next, a series of operations of the print control function by the host computer 101 will be described.
First, the application 201 creates an arbitrary document in accordance with an operation instruction from the user, and instructs printing execution of the document data (print data). As a result, the GDI 202 notifies the user interface driver 203 of a print start event.

  Subsequently, the application 201 stores the document data (print data) in the EMF spool file 204 via the GDI 202. At this time, printing condition information for the printing apparatus (printer) 102 is stored in advance in the EMF spool file 204 by the user interface driver 203.

  The print processor 205 acquires print condition information and print data from the EMF spool file 204, supplies the print condition information and print data to the printer graphics driver 206 in units of one page, and activates the previewer 208. Also, the print processor 205 communicates with the previewer 208 to acquire preview display conditions such as the page number for displaying the print preview on the display device 104 and the resolution of the preview image used for displaying the print preview.

  The print processor 205 acquires the print condition corresponding to the acquired page number from the EMF spool file 204 and stores it in the preview file 209. Further, the print processor 205 sends the file name of the preview file 209 (hereinafter referred to as “preview file name”), the acquired print condition, and the preview display condition to the printer graphics driver 206 via the GDI 202. After that, print data is acquired from the EMF spool file 204, print data corresponding to the acquired page number (hereinafter referred to as “print page data”) is generated from this print data, and this is supplied to the GDI 202 To do.

  The printer graphics driver 206 prints a print preview from print page data supplied from the print processor 205 based on the graphics drawing command created by the GDI 202 and the print conditions and preview display conditions notified from the print processor 205 in advance. Bitmap data for display (hereinafter referred to as “preview image data”) or bitmap data for printing (hereinafter referred to as “print image data”) is generated.

  At this time, if print image data is generated by the printer graphics driver 206, the printer graphics driver 206 sends the print image data to the printing apparatus (printer) 102 via an arbitrary data transmission unit (not shown). Supply. The printer 102 prints out the print image data supplied from the printer graphics driver 206 on a sheet (210).

  On the other hand, when preview image data is generated by the printer graphics driver 206, the printer graphics driver 206 stores the preview image data in the preview file 209 based on the preview file name notified from the print processor 205 in advance. The print processor 205 notifies the previewer 208 of the preview file name.

  The previewer 208 receives the setting of the preview display condition from the user, and requests the print processor 205 to create a preview file 209 suitable for the setting preview display condition. When the notification of the preview file name is received, the preview image data is acquired from the preview file 209 and a print preview (211) based on the preview image data is displayed on the display device 104 based on the set preview display condition.

<Print preview display screen>
3 to 5 show examples of print preview (211) screens 300 to 500 displayed on the display device 104 by the previewer 208. FIG.

FIG. 3 is a diagram showing an example of a print preview display screen 300 for a document created by the application 201 when printing is performed on a medium other than the CD-R medium.
In the screen 300 of FIG. 3, “301” is an item column for allowing the user to select whether or not to display a print preview for CD-R media. As shown in FIG. 3, when printing out to media other than CD-R media, "301" is disabled to prevent the user from selecting it.

  FIG. 4 is a view showing an example of a print preview display screen 400 for CD-R media in a document created by the application 201 when printing on CD-R media.

In the screen 400 of FIG. 4, “401” is an item column for allowing the user to select whether or not to display a print preview for CD-R media. As shown in FIG. 4, “401” is in a pressed state when printing out to CD-R media and displaying a print preview for CD-R media.
“402” indicates a range that will actually be output on the CD-R media.
“403” indicates the content that will actually be output on the CD-R media.
“404” indicates the content that will actually be output from the CD-R media.

FIG. 5 is a diagram showing an example of a print preview display screen 500 for a document created by the application 201 when printing out to CD-R media.
In the screen 500 of FIG. 5, “501” is an item column for allowing the user to select whether or not to display a print preview for CD-R media. As shown in FIG. 5, when printing out to CD-R media and not displaying the print preview for CD-R media, "501" is not pressed.

<Print preview display by previewer 208>
FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing an operation when the previewer 208 displays a print preview.
Here, the previewer 208 pays attention to the process of determining the display method of the display screens 300 to 500 shown in FIGS.
Step S601: The previewer 208 determines from the print condition information stored in the preview file 209 whether to print on the CD-R media. That is, the first mode for forming an image on a recording medium such as a rectangular sheet that matches a layout (for example, A4, B5 size, etc.) corresponding to a general application has been set, or the layout corresponding to the general application is not suitable. It is determined from the print condition information whether the second mode for forming an image on a disc-shaped recording medium such as a matching CD-R is set. As a result of this determination, it is determined that the second mode has been set. For example, when printing on CD-R media, the process proceeds to step S602, and when printing on objects other than CD-R media, the process proceeds to step S603.

Step S602:
As a result of the determination in step S601, when printing on CD-R media, the previewer 208 enables an item field for selecting whether or not to display a print preview for CD-R media (FIG. 4). "401").

Step S603:
The previewer 208 displays the preview image on the display device 104. Thereby, the state of the display screen 300 of FIG. 3 or the display screen 500 of FIG. 5 is obtained.

Step S604:
The previewer 208 displays the print preview for the CD-R media from the state of the item column for selecting whether or not to display the image formed in the second mode as the print preview for the CD-R media. It is determined whether or not. If it is determined that the print preview for CD-R media is to be displayed, the process proceeds to step S605. If the print preview for CD-R media is not to be displayed, the process ends.

Step S605:
When displaying the print preview for the CD-R media as a result of the determination in step S604, the previewer 208 displays the print preview for the CD-R media on the display device 104, and the state of the display screen 400 in FIG. The process is completed.

[Second Embodiment]
In the first embodiment, when printing on a CD-R medium, the part that actually corresponds to the CD-R medium, that is, the inside of the CD-R medium, and the part that protrudes from the CD-R medium are output. That is, the previewer 208 can determine the difference from the portion corresponding to the outside of the CD-R media. However, although CD-R media is a single bite, there are two types of CD-R media that are generally on the market: CD-R media with a diameter of 8 cm and CD-R media with a diameter of 12 cm. -R media is present.

  Therefore, in this embodiment, when displaying a print preview for CD-R media in the previewer 208, a print preview for CD-R media having a diameter of 8 cm is displayed, or CD-R media having a diameter of 12 cm is displayed. The user is allowed to select whether to display a print preview for switching, and the range corresponding to the inside of the CD-R media and the range of the portion that is output from the CD-R media are switched.

  FIG. 7 is a diagram showing an example of a print preview display screen 700 for 8 cm CD-R media in a document created by the application 201 when printing on CD-R media.

  In the screen 700 of FIG. 7, “701” displays whether the user displays a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media, a print preview for 12 cm CD-R media, or CD-R. This is an item field for selecting whether to display a print preview for media.

  As shown in FIG. 7, “702” is selected when printing out to CD-R media and displaying a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media.

Further, when the print preview for the CD-R media is not displayed, that is, when “501” is not pressed on the screen 500 of FIG. 5, “703” is selected.
“704” indicates the range that would actually be output on 8 cm CD-R media.
“705” indicates the content that will actually be output on the 8 cm CD-R media.
“706” indicates the content that will actually be output from the 8 cm CD-R media.

FIG. 8 is a diagram showing an example of a print preview display screen 800 for 12 cm CD-R media in a document created by the application 201 when printing on CD-R media.
In the screen 800 of FIG. 8, “801” is the same item column as “701” of FIG. As shown in FIG. 8, when printing out to CD-R media and displaying a print preview for 12 cm CD-R media, "802" is selected.
“803” indicates the range that would actually be output on 12 cm CD-R media.
“804” indicates the content that would actually be output on a 12 cm CD-R media.

<Print preview display by previewer 208>
FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing an operation when the previewer 208 displays a print preview in the second embodiment.
In the figure, the same step number is shown for the same process as that of FIG. 6 shown in the first embodiment, and the explanation is omitted.
Here, the previewer 208 pays attention to the process of determining the display method of the display screens 700 to 800 shown in FIGS.

Step S901:
The previewer 208 is an item field for selecting whether an image formed in the second mode is to be displayed as a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media or a print preview for 12 cm CD-R media. From this state, it is determined whether or not to display as a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media. As a result of the determination, if a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media is displayed, the process proceeds to step S902. If a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media is not displayed, that is, for 12 cm CD-R media. If a print preview is to be displayed, the process proceeds to step S903.

Step S902:
As a result of the determination in step S901, when displaying a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media, the previewer 208 displays the print preview for CD-R media on the display device 104 and displays the print screen 700 of FIG. A state is obtained, and this processing ends.

Step S903:
As a result of the determination in step S901, when displaying a print preview for 12 cm CD-R media, the previewer 208 displays the print preview for CD-R media on the display device 104 and displays the display screen 800 of FIG. A state is obtained, and this processing ends.

[Third embodiment]
In the second embodiment, when displaying a print preview for CD-R media in the previewer 208, a print preview for CD-R media having a diameter of 8 cm is displayed, or CD-R media having a diameter of 12 cm is displayed. By allowing the user to select whether to display a print preview for use, the range corresponding to the inside of the CD-R media and the range of the portion that protrudes from the CD-R media can be switched.

  In the present embodiment, when displaying a print preview for CD-R media in the previewer 208, the diameter is based on the size of the CD-R media on the dedicated tray currently set in the printing apparatus (printer) 102. Is determined to display a print preview for 8 cm CD-R media or a print preview for CD-R media with a diameter of 12 cm. The range of the portion that is output by protruding the R media is switched.

  Specifically, when displaying a print preview for CD-R media, the previewer 208 passes through a printer graphics driver 206 and an arbitrary data transmission / reception unit (not shown) to a printing device (printer). ) Inquires the printer 102 of the size of the CD-R media on the dedicated tray currently set in 102.

  When the printer 102 receives the inquiry about the size from the previewer 208, the printer 102 automatically detects the size of the CD-R media on the dedicated tray currently set by a media size reading device (not shown).

  The printer 102 notifies the previewer 207 of the size automatically detected by the media size reading device via an arbitrary data transmission / reception unit (not shown) and the printer graphics driver 206.

  The previewer 208 displays a print preview for a CD-R medium having a diameter of 8 cm or a print preview for a CD-R medium having a diameter of 12 cm according to the size notified from the printer 102.

<Print preview display by previewer 208>
FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing an operation when the previewer 208 displays a print preview in the third embodiment.
In the figure, the same step number is shown for the same process as in FIG. 9 shown in the second embodiment, and the description is omitted.
Here, the previewer 208 pays attention to the process of determining the display method of the display screens 700 to 800 shown in FIGS.

Step S1001:
The previewer 208 acquires the size of the CD-R medium on the dedicated tray currently set in the printer 102 from the printing apparatus (printer) 102.

Step S1002:
The previewer 208 determines whether or not the CD-R media size diameter acquired in step S1001 is 8 cm. As a result of the determination, if the CD-R media size diameter is 8 cm, the process proceeds to step S902. If the CD-R media size diameter is not 8 cm, the process proceeds to step S903.

[Fourth Embodiment]
In the first to third embodiments, when printing on CD-R media, the portion corresponding to the actual CD-R media, that is, the inside of the CD-R media, and the CD-R media are output. The previewer 208 can determine the difference from the recorded portion, that is, the portion corresponding to the outside of the CD-R media. However, in general, when printing out to CD-R media, print data is only applied to the portion of the label surface of the CD-R media that has been coated or painted (hereinafter referred to as the label area). It is desirable to lay out and print out.

  Therefore, in the present embodiment, when printing on CD-R media, based on the model number marking described at the center of the CD-R media on the dedicated tray currently set in the printing apparatus (printer) 102. By determining the size of the CD-R media, the position of the label area, and the surface quality of the label area, the difference between the part corresponding to the inside of the label area and the part corresponding to the outside of the label area, It is characterized in that the previewer 208 can judge the difference in the printing result due to the surface quality of the image.

  Specifically, when displaying a print preview for CD-R media, the previewer 208 passes through a printer graphics driver 206 and an arbitrary data transmission / reception unit (not shown) to a printing device (printer). ) Inquire the printer 102 of the model number of the CD-R media on the dedicated tray currently set in 102.

  When the printer 102 receives the inquiry about the model number from the previewer 208, the printer 102 reads the model number stamp written in the center of the CD-R medium on the dedicated tray currently set by a model number stamp reader (not shown). .

  The printer 102 notifies the previewer 207 of the model number read by the model number information reading device via an arbitrary data transmission / reception unit (not shown) and the printer graphics driver 206.

  The previewer 208 displays the optimum print preview for the CD-R media by referring to the model number information table stored therein in advance using the model number notified from the printer 102.

FIG. 11 is a diagram showing an example of the label surface of the CD-R media.
In FIG. 11, “1101” indicates a boundary portion outside the label area.
“1102” indicates an inner boundary portion of the label area.
“1103” indicates a label area.
“1104” indicates a model number stamp.

FIG. 12 is a diagram showing an example of the model number information table held by the previewer 208.
In FIG. 12, “1201” indicates the model number of the CD-R media.
“1202” indicates a manufacturer of the CD-R media.
“1203” indicates the diameter of the CD-R media.
“1204” indicates the length from the center of the CD-R media to the outer boundary portion of the label area.
“1205” indicates the length from the center of the CD-R media to the inner boundary portion of the label area.
“1206” indicates the surface quality of the label area of the CD-R media.
“1207” indicates a printing method in the case of printing on the label area of the CD-R media.

FIG. 13 shows an example of a print preview display screen 1300 for the CD-R media in the document created by the application 201 when printing on the CD-R media having the model number indicated by “1201” in FIG. FIG.
In FIG. 13, “1301” indicates the outer shape of the CD-R media.
“1302” indicates a boundary portion outside the label area of the CD-R media.
“1303” indicates a boundary portion inside the label area of the CD-R media.
“1304” indicates the content that will actually be output in the label area of the CD-R media.
“1305” indicates content that will actually be output outside the label area of the CD-R media.
“1306” indicates the content that will actually be output from the label area of the CD-R media.

<Print preview display by previewer 208>
FIG. 14 is a flowchart showing the operation when the previewer 208 displays a print preview in the fourth embodiment.
In the same figure, the same step number is shown for the same process as FIG. 6 shown in 1st Embodiment, and description is abbreviate | omitted.
Here, the previewer 208 pays attention to the process of determining the display method of the display screen 1300 shown in FIG.

Step S1401:
The previewer 208 acquires the model number of the CD-R media on the dedicated tray currently set in the printer 102 from the printing apparatus (printer) 102.

Step S1402:
The previewer 208 searches the model number information table shown in FIG. 12 for model number information suitable for the model number of the CD-R media acquired in step S1401.

Step S1403:
It is determined whether or not the model number information has been acquired by the process of step S1402. If it is determined that the model number information cannot be acquired, the process proceeds to step S605. If the model number information can be acquired, the process proceeds to step S1404.

Step S1404:
The previewer 208 displays a print preview for CD-R media suitable for the model number information acquired by the processing of step S1402 on the display device 104 to obtain the state of the display screen 1300 in FIG. .

FIG. 15 specifically shows the process of step S1404 in the print preview display process shown in FIG.
Step S1501:
The previewer 208 determines whether the CD-R media size diameter acquired from the model number information table is 8 cm. As a result of the determination, if the CD-R media size diameter is 8 cm, the process proceeds to step S1502, and if the CD-R media size diameter is not 8 cm, the process proceeds to step S1503.

Step S1502:
If it is determined in step S1501 that the CD-R media size has a diameter of 8 cm, the previewer 208 displays the outline of the 8 cm CD-R media on the display device 104.

Step S1503:
If the result of determination in step S1501 is that the CD-R media size diameter is not 8 cm, the previewer 208 displays the outer shape of the 12 cm CD-R media on the display device 104.

Step S1504:
The previewer 208 displays the outer boundary portion of the label area on the display device 104 according to the length from the center of the CD-R media acquired from the model number information table to the outer boundary portion of the label area.

Step S1505:
The previewer 208 displays the inner boundary portion of the label area on the display device 104 according to the length from the center of the CD-R media acquired from the model number information table to the inner boundary portion of the label area.

Step S1506:
The previewer 208 displays on the display device 104 an image of a portion that is output outside or inside the label area of the CD-R media.

Step S1507:
The previewer 208 determines whether or not the surface of the label area acquired from the model number information table has high absorbability. As a result of the determination, if the surface area of the label region has high absorbency, the process proceeds to step S1508, and if the label area has no high surface absorbency, the process proceeds to step S1512.

Step S1508:
The previewer 208 determines that the density of the portion of the image output in the label area of the CD-R media is “dark”.

Step S1509:
The previewer 208 determines whether the gloss of the surface of the label area acquired from the model number information table is high. As a result of the determination, if the gloss of the surface of the label area is high, the process proceeds to step S1510, and if the gloss of the surface of the label area is not high, the process proceeds to step S1511.

Step S1510:
The previewer 208 determines the quality of the portion of the image output in the label area of the CD-R media as “high quality”.

Step S1511:
The previewer 208 determines the quality of the portion of the image output in the label area of the CD-R media as “standard quality”.

Step S1512:
The previewer 208 determines that the density of the image of the portion output in the label area of the CD-R media is “light”.

Step S1513:
The previewer 208 determines whether the gloss of the surface of the label area acquired from the model number information table is high. As a result of the determination, if the glossiness of the surface of the label area is high, the process proceeds to step S1514. If the glossiness of the surface of the label area is not high, the process proceeds to step S1515.

Step S1514:
The previewer 208 determines the quality of the portion of the image output in the label area of the CD-R media as “standard quality”.

Step S1515:
The previewer 208 determines the quality of the portion of the image output in the label area of the CD-R media as “low quality”.

Step S1516:
The previewer 208 converts the image of the portion output in the label area of the CD-R media according to the density and quality determined above and displays them on the display device 104.

  A medium applicable to the present embodiment is not limited to a CD-R, and any medium that is not standardized by a general application, such as a DVD or a CD-ROM, may be used. That is, when a special media type that is not standardized by a general application is set, information indicating the printable area of the special medium that has been set in advance is read and recognized, and the frame of the printable area is defined. What is necessary is just to display on a preview image so that identification is possible.

  Moreover, in the said embodiment, although the boundary of the part applicable to the inner side of CD-R and the part applicable to the outer side is shown with the line, the part applicable to an inner side, and the part applicable to an outer side are shown with respect to a user. What is necessary is just to display so that identification is possible. For example, it is conceivable to display in different colors, such as changing the density between these two regions or changing the brightness. If the data arranged in the non-printable area is printed as it is, the printer will print the outside of the medium. In this way, the user is alerted and the user changes the image layout by looking at the preview image. It is possible to print by confirming again in the preview.

  In the second embodiment, the previewer selects whether to display a print preview for a CD-R medium having a diameter of 8 cm or to display a print preview for a CD-R medium having a diameter of 12 cm. However, it may be configured to be selected by a user interface driver.

  In the fourth embodiment, the previewer converts the preview image according to the surface quality of the label area of the CD-R. However, the printer graphics driver generates the preview image data. The preview image may be generated according to the surface quality of the label area of the CD-R.

  As described above, in the present embodiment, when print data such as a document is actually printed on paper, the print preview of the print data is displayed on the CD-R medium. In addition to displaying the content that will be output on the paper selected in step 1, the difference between the portion that is actually output on the CD-R media and the portion that is output out of the CD-R media is shown. It was configured to display so that it could be judged visually.

  According to the configuration described above, when printing on a CD-R medium, the user can accurately confirm the content that will be output on the CD-R medium. Therefore, it becomes possible to prevent the dedicated tray set in the printing apparatus from being soiled, and a more convenient print preview function can be provided.

The present invention is not necessarily limited to the above embodiment, and can be implemented in various forms.
In addition, an object of the present invention is to supply a storage medium storing software program codes for realizing the functions of the host and terminal of the present embodiment to a system or apparatus, and a computer (or CPU or MPU) of the system or apparatus. Needless to say, is achieved by reading and executing the program code stored in the storage medium.

  In this case, the program code itself read from the storage medium realizes the functions of the present embodiment, and the storage medium storing the program code and the program code constitute the present invention.

  As a storage medium for supplying the program code, ROM, flexible disk, hard disk, optical disk, magneto-optical disk, CD-ROM, CD-R, magnetic tape, nonvolatile memory card, and the like can be used.

  Further, by executing the program code read by the computer, not only the functions of the present embodiment are realized, but also the OS running on the computer based on the instruction of the program code performs the actual processing. Needless to say, a case where the function of the present exemplary embodiment is realized by performing part or all of the processing is also included.

  Further, after the program code read from the storage medium is written to the memory provided in the extension function board inserted in the computer or the function extension unit connected to the computer, the function extension is performed based on the instruction of the program code. It goes without saying that the CPU or the like provided in the board or the function expansion unit performs part or all of the actual processing, and the functions of the present embodiment are realized by the processing.

  According to the present embodiment, for example, when an image is formed on a recording medium such as a CD-R, a portion corresponding to the inside and a portion corresponding to the outside are displayed so as to be identifiable on the recording medium in the image. Therefore, it is possible to grasp in advance the image to be printed out of the recording medium, and it is possible to provide a more convenient preview function.

1 is a block diagram illustrating a schematic configuration of a printing system according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a functional configuration diagram that pays particular attention to a print control function in a print system realized by a host computer according to an embodiment of the present invention executing a predetermined processing program. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of a print preview screen displayed on a display device when printing out to a medium other than a CD-R medium. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of a print preview screen for CD-R media displayed on a display device when printing out to CD-R media. FIG. 6 is a diagram showing an example of a print preview screen displayed on a display device when printing out to a CD-R medium. 5 is a flowchart showing an operation when a previewer according to the first embodiment of the present invention displays a print preview. It is the figure which showed an example of the print preview screen for 8 cm CD-R media displayed on a display device when printing out to CD-R media. It is the figure which showed an example of the print preview screen for 12-cm CD-R media displayed with a display apparatus when printing out to CD-R media. It is the flowchart which showed the operation | movement at the time of the previewer based on the 2nd Embodiment of this invention displaying a print preview. It is the flowchart which showed the operation | movement at the time of the previewer based on the 3rd Embodiment of this invention displaying a print preview. It is the figure which showed an example of the label surface of CD-R media. It is the figure which showed an example of the model number information table which the previewer hold | maintains. FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating an example of a print preview screen for CD-R media displayed on a display device in accordance with model number information when printing out to CD-R media. It is the flowchart which showed the operation | movement at the time of the previewer based on the 4th Embodiment of this invention displaying a print preview. 14 is a flowchart illustrating an operation when a print preview for CD-R media suitable for model number information is displayed on a display device in an operation when a previewer according to the fourth embodiment of the present invention displays a print preview. .

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 100 Printing system 101 Host computer 102 Printing apparatus 103 Hard disk 104,212 Display apparatus 105 Data input apparatus 106 Media reader 107 Communication control apparatus 201 Application 202 GDI
203 User Interface Driver 204 EMF Spool File 205 Print Processor 206 Printer Graphic Driver 207 Printer 208 Previewer 209 Preview File 210 Paper 211 Print Preview

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  1. An image processing method used for confirming appearance when forming an image on a recording medium based on an application,
    An image forming procedure for forming an image based on the application;
    Display for controlling processing for distinguishably displaying a portion corresponding to the inner side of the outer periphery of the recording medium and a portion corresponding to the outer side of the outer periphery of the recording medium of the image formed in the image forming procedure With control procedures,
    Furthermore, in the display control procedure, an image processing method is characterized in that a process of displaying a boundary of a label area, which is an area suitable for printing within the outer periphery of the recording medium, is identifiable.
  2. A first recognition procedure for recognizing the type of the recording medium;
    The image processing method according to claim 1, wherein the display control procedure is controlled in accordance with a type of the recording medium recognized in the first recognition procedure.
  3. The label area in the recording medium differs depending on the type of the recording medium,
    3. The image processing method according to claim 2, wherein in the display control procedure, processing for displaying a boundary of the label area is controlled according to a type of the recording medium recognized in the first recognition procedure. .
  4. A second recognition procedure for recognizing the size of the recording medium according to the content of an instruction from the user;
    4. The image processing method according to claim 1, wherein the display control procedure is controlled in accordance with a size of the recording medium recognized by the second recognition procedure. 5.
  5.   In the display control procedure, a portion printed on the disk-shaped recording medium when print data based on the image formed by the image forming procedure is printed out on the disk-shaped recording medium including a CD or a DVD. 5. The image processing method according to claim 1, further comprising a step of controlling the display of the disc and the portion printed on the outside of the disk-like recording medium so as to be distinguishable.
  6. An information processing apparatus used for confirming appearance when forming an image on a recording medium based on an application,
    An image forming means for forming an image based on the application;
    Display for controlling processing for distinguishably displaying a portion corresponding to the inner side of the outer periphery of the recording medium and a portion corresponding to the outer side of the outer periphery of the recording medium of the image formed by the image forming unit Control means,
    Furthermore, the display control means controls a process for displaying the boundary of a label area, which is an area suitable for printing within the outer periphery of the recording medium, in an identifiable manner.
  7. A first recognizing unit for recognizing the type of the recording medium;
    The information processing apparatus according to claim 6, wherein the display control unit is controlled according to a type of the recording medium recognized by the first recognition unit.
  8. The label area in the recording medium differs depending on the type of the recording medium,
    8. The information processing apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the display control unit controls a process of displaying a boundary of the label area according to the type of the recording medium recognized by the first recognition unit. .
  9. A second recognizing unit for recognizing the size of the recording medium according to the content of the instruction from the user;
    9. The information processing apparatus according to claim 6, wherein the display control unit is controlled according to the size of the recording medium recognized by the second recognition unit.
  10.   The display control means is a portion to be printed on the disk-shaped recording medium when printing data based on the image formed by the image forming means is printed on the disk-shaped recording medium including a CD or DVD. The information processing apparatus according to any one of claims 6 to 9, wherein a process for displaying the image printed on the outside of the disk-shaped recording medium so as to be distinguishable is controlled.
  11.   A program for causing a computer to execute the image processing method according to any one of claims 1 to 5.
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